Indian captain Virat Kohli is always busy to score runs in any cricket format. The pressure of captaincy has never put Kohli in trouble in his batting. Now, he is very close to creating another world record after hitting his 40th international century as a captain.
Indian team is currently busy to play the Pune Test against South Africa. Once again, the Indian batsmen are dominating while the captain Kohli is playing a giant knock. On Friday (11th October), Kohli hit his first Test century in 2019. After December 2018, it was his first Test century. It was also his 26th Test century, 69th international century and 40th international century as a captain.
The right-handed batsman hit this special century in 173 balls after hitting 16 fours. On the day one of this Pune Test (10th October), Kohli was not out on 63 runs. He completed this century just before the lunch of day two.
Second captain to hit 40 international centuries
After the latest century, Virat Kohli only became the second captain to hit 40 international centuries. Only the former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is ahead of him with 41 international centuries as a captain. By scoring two more international centuries as a captain, Kohli will break this world record.
Former South African captain Graeme Smith is in the third position of this record. The left-handed batsman registered 33 international centuries as captain. Former Australian captain and present active Aussie cricketer Steven Smith (20 centuries) is the only other captain to hit 20 international centuries as a captain.
From India, the second-best record is 16 international centuries as a captain by Sourav Ganguly.
Virat Kohli scored his 19th Test century as a captain
On the other hand, Virat Kohli has also become the joint second-most centurion as a Test captain. The latest century was his 19th Test century as a captain, equal record of former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting. Only Graeme Smith is ahead of them with 25 Test centuries as a captain.